Family continues mourning, after Quail Creek crash

More than a week after the crash near Quail Creek, the family is still mourning for their loss.

VICTORIA, Texas – More than a week after the crash near Quail Creek, the family is still mourning for their loss. So far, the community has shown great support.

Edie Wilson-Johnston was having a normal night, sitting in her living-room, eating candy, until she heard a loud explosion. All of a sudden, a truck crashed into her son’s room. Resulting with Cole ending up in the living room, unconscious. Left in shock, she tried to wake him up. Eventually, only seeing him react once, until her husband came to help.

“So then my husband came and he tried to help me and I didn’t know whether to call 9-11 or to try and get the bricks off. It was just a very confusing situation. Any parent knows that when you’re holding your child and you don’t know if they’re alive or not alive? If they’re not responsive to you, it’s just heart-breaking. My heart just sank and I just was praying that God wouldn’t take my child away. So it was just very heart-breaking, it was just a heart-breaking situation,” Edie Wilson-Johnston said.

Later on, her husband died of a sudden heart attack. On Wednesday, December 9, the family had a funeral service for William Johnston Jr. The community came together and offered their support, leaving Edie Wilson-Johnston feeling humbled. The family is not angry with the accused intoxicated driver, Steven M. Shows, who crashed into their home. Instead, they offer him forgiveness.

“I want to say hope. Hope and love, and forgiveness. My son even prays for this man every night, he prays for this man. You know, I say he’s grown up overnight. He’s just grown up and he prays for him and it makes me proud, as a mother, that he’s not angry. You know, he finds forgiveness, even at eleven,” Edie Wilson-Johnston said.

Since her house is unlivable, the family has moved into her mother’s home. Currently, they are receiving further accommodations from a childhood neighbor. The Wilson-Johnston family is still accepting donations on their GoFundMe account to pay for home repairs, funeral arrangements, and Cole’s medical bills.

If you would like to read William Johnston Jr.’s obituary, click the following link: William “Billy” Johnston Jr. Obituary (2020) | Victoria, TX

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